Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.
We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.
I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but by God, they frighten me.
Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.
If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.
An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.
Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.
Always make water when you can.
I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know by what you do; that's what I called 'guess what was at the other side of the hill'.
When my journal appears, many statues must come down.
Educate men without religion and you make them clever devils.
During the Peninsula War, I heard a Portuguese general address his troops before a battle with the words, "Remember men, you are Portuguese!
Our army is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth.
The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat.
Always get over heavy ground as lightly as you can.
The British soldiers are fellows who have all enlisted for drink. That is the plain fact - they have all enlisted for drink.
To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound
The only thing I am afraid of is fear.
When other Generals make mistakes their armies are beaten; when I get into a hole, my men pull me out of it.
There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory--except a great defeat.
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
Troops would never be deficient in courage, if they could only know how deficient in it their enemies were.
Error is ever the sequence of haste.
The only thing that they can be relied on to do is to gallop too far and too fast.
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